2014 – ’15 NHL Betting: Ottawa Senators outlook

Bryan Murray has made many questionable decisions for the Senators since taking over as GM in 2011. Letting Captain Daniel Alfredsson go in the midst of a contract battle has the fans and media still talking about the way it went down.

Now, in an attempt to not repeat the Dany Heatley debacle from 2009, Jason Spezza said, “I want out,” and that is exactly what he got. The second the free agent market opened, a deal was made with Dallas to send him packing, and Steve Chiasson and a couple of prospects went up north in return. Along with Spezza went Alex Hemsky, so replacing them both will be the key to how the Sens try to not miss the playoffs for a second straight season.

Ottawa Senators Season Odds for Points/Division/Conference/Stanley Cup

Ottawa Senators regular season points
Over 81½ points -140
Under 81½ points +110

Odds to win the 2014-15 Atlantic Division
Ottawa Senators +800

Odds to win the 2014-15 Eastern Conference
Ottawa Senators +2500

Odds to win the 2014-15 Stanley Cup
Ottawa Senators +4500

Ottawa Senators 2013-14 Team Betting Recap/Stats

Record: 37 – 31 – 14 (88 Pts)

Offense: 2.79 GPG (11th)
Defense: 3.15 GAA (27th)

Power Play: 18.4% (14th)

Penalty Kill: 80.9% (22nd)

The Sens were 6 games over .500 SU with 37 wins, but gave up 30 more goals than they scored which put them at 38 – 44 ATS.

Barely ahead of Edmonton, Florida and the Islanders in goals allowed, it led to a 45 – 36 O/U clip with totals.

Ottawa Senators 2014-15 Overview

There is no doubt that Bryan Murray has not been signed to another contract yet after inking a three-year deal in 2011, because it will 100 percent depend on if he made the right moves to ensure this team makes the playoffs again. If they don’t, the fans and the Ottawa media are going to be in an uproar if they re-sign him to continue to take this team in the wrong direction.

Trying to not let that happen will be newly named captain Erik Karlsson, and Bobby Ryan, who was just handed a seven-year deal to stay in a Sens sweater.

There is still a lot of doubt as to what the lines will be with teen sensation Curtis Lazar, who was named to the opening roster, and what role Zach Smith will play in playing center or wing. Karlsson and Marc Methot will definitely be ready to man the blue line against the opposition’s first line. Craig Anderson is slated to be the go-to-guy between the pipes to open the season, but he will have a short leash with Robin Lehner waiting in the wings to get his opportunity.

Ottawa Senators 2014-15 Opening Day Roster

#     Name     Pos     Height     Weight     Date Of Birth     Age     Birth Place

Forwards

90     Alex Chiasson       R     6′ 4″     205     1 Oct 1990     24     Montreal, QC, CAN
22     Erik Condra       R     6′ 0″     190     6 Aug 1986     28     Trenton, MI, USA
14     Colin Greening       L     6′ 3″     210     9 Mar 1986     28     St. John’s, NL, CAN
68     Mike Hoffman       L     6′ 0″     185     24 Nov 1989     24     Kitchener, ON, CAN
27     Curtis Lazar       C     6′ 0″     196     2 Feb 1995     19     Salmon Arm, BC, CAN
17     David Legwand       C     6′ 2″     205     17 Aug 1980     34     Detroit, MI, USA
16     Clarke MacArthur       L     6′ 0″     195     6 Apr 1985     29     Lloydminster, AB, CAN
9     Milan Michalek       L     6′ 2″     216     7 Dec 1984     29     Jindrichuv Hradec, CZE
25     Chris Neil “A”      R     6′ 1″     215     18 Jun 1979     35     Flesherton, ON, CAN
6     Bobby Ryan       R     6′ 2″     207     17 Mar 1987     27     Cherry Hill, NJ, USA
15     Zack Smith       C     6′ 2″     210     5 Apr 1988     26     Maple Creek, SK, CAN
61     Mark Stone       R     6′ 2″     205     13 May 1992     22     Winnipeg, MB, CAN
7     Kyle Turris       C     6′ 1″     191     14 Aug 1989     25     New Westminster, BC, CAN
93     Mika Zibanejad       C     6′ 2″     211     18 Apr 1993     21     Stockholm, SWE

Defensemen

74     Mark Borowiecki       6′ 2″     205     12 Jul 1989     25     Ottawa, ON, CAN
5     Cody Ceci       6′ 3″     209     21 Dec 1993     20     Ottawa, ON, CAN
2     Jared Cowen       6′ 5″     228     25 Jan 1991     23     Saskatoon, SK, CAN
62     Eric Gryba       6′ 4″     225     14 Apr 1988     26     Saskatoon, SK, CAN
65     Erik Karlsson “C”      6′ 0″     180     31 May 1990     24     Landsbro, SWE
3     Marc Methot   **     6′ 3″     230     21 Jun 1985     29     Ottawa, ON, CAN
4     Chris Phillips “A”      6′ 3″     220     9 Mar 1978     36     Calgary, AB, CAN
46     Patrick Wiercioch       6′ 5″     206     12 Sep 1990     24     Burnaby, BC, CAN

Goalies

41     Craig Anderson       6′ 2″     184     21 May 1981     33     Park Ridge, IL, USA
40     Robin Lehner       6′ 5″     225     24 Jul 1991     23     Gothenburg, SWE

Ottawa Senators 2014-15 Schedule

Oct 9,  2014     Senators     Predators 8:00 PM
Oct 11, 2014     Senators     Lightning 7:00 PM
Oct 13, 2014     Senators     Panthers 7:30 PM
Oct 16, 2014     Avalanche     Senators 7:30 PM
Oct 18, 2014     Blue Jackets     Senators 7:00 PM
Oct 22, 2014     Maple Leafs     Senators 7:00 PM
Oct 25, 2014     Devils     Senators 7:00 PM
Oct 26, 2014     Senators     Blackhawks 7:00 PM
Oct 28, 2014     Senators     Blue Jackets 7:00 PM
Oct 30, 2014     Blackhawks     Senators 7:30 PM

Nov 1, 2014     Senators     Bruins 7:00 PM
Nov 4, 2014     Red Wings     Senators 7:30 PM
Nov 6, 2014     Wild     Senators 7:30 PM
Nov 8, 2014     Jets     Senators 7:00 PM
Nov 11, 2014     Senators     Canucks 10:00 PM
Nov 13, 2014     Senators     Oilers 9:30 PM
Nov 15, 2014     Senators     Flames 10:00 PM
Nov 20, 2014     Predators     Senators 7:30 PM
Nov 22, 2014     Blues     Senators 3:00 PM
Nov 24, 2014     Senators     Red Wings 7:30 PM
Nov 25, 2014     Senators     Blues 8:00 PM
Nov 28, 2014     Senators     Panthers 7:30 PM
Nov 29, 2014     Senators     Lightning 7:00 PM

Dec 2, 2014     Senators     Islanders 7:00 PM
Dec 4, 2014     Islanders     Senators 7:30 PM
Dec 6, 2014     Senators     Penguins 1:00 PM
Dec 7, 2014     Canucks     Senators 7:00 PM
Dec 11, 2014     Kings     Senators 7:30 PM
Dec 13, 2014     Senators     Bruins 1:00 PM
Dec 17, 2014     Senators     Devils 7:00 PM
Dec 19, 2014     Ducks     Senators 7:30 PM
Dec 20, 2014     Senators     Canadiens 7:00 PM
Dec 22, 2014     Senators     Capitals 7:00 PM
Dec 27, 2014     Red Wings     Senators 7:00 PM
Dec 29, 2014     Sabres     Senators 7:30 PM

Jan 3, 2015     Senators     Bruins 1:00 PM
Jan 4, 2015     Lightning     Senators 7:00 PM
Jan 6, 2015     Senators     Flyers 7:00 PM
Jan 8, 2015     Senators     Avalanche 9:00 PM
Jan 10, 2015     Senators     Coyotes 7:00 PM
Jan 13, 2015     Senators     Stars 8:30 PM
Jan 15, 2015     Canadiens     Senators 7:30 PM
Jan 17, 2015     Hurricanes     Senators 7:00 PM
Jan 20,  2015     Senators     Rangers 7:00 PM
Jan 21, 2015     Maple Leafs     Senators 7:00 PM
Jan 29, 2015     Stars     Senators 7:30 PM
Jan 31, 2015     Coyotes     Senators 3:00 PM

Feb 3, 2015     Senators     Devils 7:00 PM
Feb 5, 2015     Capitals     Senators 7:30 PM
Feb 7, 2015     Blue Jackets     Senators 7:00 PM
Feb 10, 2015     Senators     Sabres 7:00 PM
Feb 12,  2015     Penguins     Senators 7:30 PM
Feb 14, 2015     Oilers     Senators 2:00 PM
Feb 16, 2015     Hurricanes     Senators 7:30 PM
Feb 18, 2015     Canadiens     Senators 7:00 PM
Feb 20, 2015     Senators     Sabres 7:00 PM
Feb 21, 2015     Panthers     Senators 7:00 PM
Feb 25, 2015     Senators     Ducks 10:00 PM
Feb 26, 2015     Senators     Kings 10:30 PM
Feb 28, 2015     Senators     Sharks 10:30 PM

Mar 3,  2015     Senators     Wild 8:00 PM
Mar 4, 2015     Senators     Jets 7:30 PM
Mar 6, 2015     Sabres     Senators 7:30 PM
Mar 8, 2015     Flames     Senators 7:00 PM
Mar 10, 2015     Bruins     Senators 7:30 PM
Mar 12, 2015     Senators     Canadiens 7:30 PM
Mar 13, 2015     Senators     Islanders 7:00 PM
Mar 15, 2015     Flyers     Senators 7:00 PM
Mar 17, 2015     Senators     Hurricanes 7:00 PM
Mar 19, 2015     Bruins     Senators 7:30 PM
Mar 21, 2015     Maple Leafs     Senators 7:00 PM
Mar 23, 2015     Sharks     Senators 7:30 PM
Mar 26, 2015     Rangers     Senators 7:30 PM
Mar 28, 2015     Senators     Maple Leafs 7:00 PM
Mar 29, 2015     Panthers     Senators 5:00 PM
Mar 31, 2015     Senators     Red Wings 7:30 PM

Apr 2, 2015     Lightning     Senators 7:30 PM
Apr 4, 2015     Capitals     Senators 7:00 PM
Apr 5, 2015     Senators     Maple Leafs 7:30 PM
Apr 7, 2015     Penguins     Senators 7:30 PM
Apr 9, 2015     Senators     Rangers 7:00 PM
Apr 11, 2015     Senators     Flyers 12:30 PM

Ej Garr

Ej Garr has been a freelance sports writer and handicapper for 20 years. He appeared as a featured writer in Beckett's World Cup Magazine for the 2014 World Cup, and can currently be found writing soccer previews at Diamond Sportsbook. You can also listen to his radio shows on the Sports Palooza Radio Network as host of a weekly Fantasy Football Radio Show every Sunday morning.